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Katja Waskow

Ph. D. student and scientific assistant

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Contact Information

Steinmann-Institut, Bereich Paläontologie, Uni Bonn
Nussallee 8 D-53115 Bonn
Telefon: +49 (0)228 73-60058
Telefax: +49 (0)228 73-3509
E-Mail: waskow[at]uni-bonn.de

 

Research interests
 

  • Dinosaur Biology, Ecology and Evolution
  • Sauropod life history traits
  • Bone histology (with focus on dorsal ribs)
  • Secondary aquatic adaptations of vertebrates

Professional experience

2005-2011:  student research assistant
University of Bonn, Germany (Prof. P. Martin Sander)
(mainly for laboratory work and preparation of thin sections)
2007-present: preparation and sampling of fossil bones
Sauriermuseum Aathal, Switzerland (temporary position)
2008: DFG Science TV pilote project
(participant and assistant)
2008-2011:  scientific Video Journalist for Uni Bonn TV
Pressestelle University of Bonn
2008-2014:  writer of the scientific Newsletter for Krantz
Krantz-Rheinisches Mineralien-Kontor GmbH & Co. KG
2009-2010:  scientific museum guide during a special exhibition
Wissenschaftliches Forschungsmuseum Alexander König, Bonn
2009-2012:  contribution to several exhibitions:
Goldfuß Museum, Steinmann Institute, University of Bonn
2011-present: training of new student laboratory research assistants
2013-2014: teaching experience in vertebrate paleontology and phylogeny
for MSc, University of Bonn

 

Professional qualifications

 

  • Histological thin-sectioning
  • Fossil preparation
  • Scientific drawing
  • Museum educational services
  • Micro-Computed Tomography
  • Photogrammetry
  • Geometric Morphometrics

Honors, Scholarships and Awards


2014 Colbert Prize Finalist SVP 2014
2008 DAAD Auslands-Stipendium for scholarship at the Field Museum, Chicago, USA
2007 Das goldene Skalpell, (zoological award for the excellent dissection of recent animals)
2007 Scholarship at the Sauriermuseum Aathal, Switzerland
(since then timewise working there for preparation)


Scientific Memberships

 

  • Member of the DFG Research Unit 533: “Biology of the Sauropod Dinosaurs: The Evolution of Gigantism”
  • Member of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology
  • Member of the Paläontologische Gesellschaft e.V.

 

Excavations and field trips

 

Selection of the most important ones:

  • Preparation of rare Sauropod long bones and ribs excavated in Wyoming, USA
    Aathal, Switzerland (2014)
  • Excavation of Plateosaurs (Prosauropod Dinosaurs)
    Frick, Switzerland (2007, 2011, 2014)
  • Excavation of Marine Tetrapods and terrestrial trackways in
    Winterswijk, Netherlands (2005, 2010, 2011)
    Including the logistical management in 2010 and 2011
  • Excavation of Ichthyosaurs (Marine Reptiles) and Geological mapping of the area
    Nevada, USA (2008)
  • Diving field data collection of Microbiological colonization on Zostera marina (recent seagrass)
    HYDRA Institut für Meereswissenschaften, Elba, Italy (2007)

Publications

 

Waskow, K. and O. Mateus (in press): Rib histology and skeletochronology of Jurassic and Cretaceous dinosaurs and a crocodile from Western Portugal: implications on age determination and life history traits, Comptes Rendus Palevol.
Waskow, K & P. M. Sander (2014): Growth record and histological variation in the dorsal ribs of Camarasaurus sp. (Sauropoda), Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 34:4, 852-869, DOI: 10.1080/02724634.2014.840645
Houssaye, A., Waskow, K., Hayashi, S., Cornette, R., Lee, A. H., & Hutchinson, J. R. (2015): Biomechanical evolution of solid bones in large animals: a microanatomical investigation. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society.
 

Selection of the most important contributions to international conferences:

Waskow, K. (2014): Reconstructing juvenile Morphology: A non-destructive method to detect histological structures in Computed Tomography (CT) and its potential for future research, using the example of sauropod ribs. 74st Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology 34:252 (Colbert Prize nominee poster)
Waskow, K. (2014): Reconstructing juvenile Morphology: A non-destructive method to detect histological structures in Computed Tomography (CT) and its potential for future research, using the example of sauropod ribs. 3rd International Symposium on Paleohistology
Waskow, K. and P.M. Sander (2011): The age of giants: Histological evidence for ontogeny
in post cranial elements of sauropods and its implications for growth history.
71st Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology 31:212.(talk)
Waskow, K. and P.M. Sander (2011): Bone histology of the dorsal ribs of the jurassic
sauropod Camarasaurus: Implications for growth, sexual maturity, and longevity.
First International Symposium on Paleohistology 1:52.(talk)
Waskow, K. and P.M. Sander (2009): Growth marks in Sauropod ribs from the Upper
Jurassic Morrison Formation, Tendaguru and Lower Cretaceous of Niger. 69th
Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology and the 57th Symposium of Vertebrate Paleontology and Comparative Anatomy 29:3;198. (poster)
Waskow, K. and P.M. Sander (2009): Growth marks in Sauropod ribs from the Upper
Jurassic Morrison Formation, Tendaguru and Lower Cretaceous of Niger.
Schriften der GeoUnion Alfred Wegener Stiftung 2009/3, Terra Nostra,
79.Jahrestagung der Paläontologischen Gesellschaft 3:120.(talk)
 

Further talks not listed were given during annual Meetings or Conferences and international Workshops of the DFG Research Unit 533, the AKW (Arbeitskreis Wirbeltierpaälontologie), and the PlaHerp (Paleoherpetology meeting).

References


Prof. Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan, Palaeobiologist, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Prof. Gregory Erickson, Prof. of Anatomy & Vertebrate Paleobiology Curator, Florida State University, USA
Dr. Shoji Hayashi, Curator of Vertebrate Palaeontology, Osaka Museum of Natural History, Japan
Dr. Alexandra Houssaye, Permanent researcher CNRS, Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle Paris, France
Dr. Octavio Mateus, Ass-Prof. of Paleontology - FCT- Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal

 

 

 

 

 

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